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High Praise: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Save Lives

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

A new study released by the University of California-Irvine in conjunction with the RAND corporation, a non-profit global think tank, shows a correlation between states that have legalized marijuana and reduced rates of opioid addiction.

A Matter of Life and Death: It's Time to Get Proactive About Cannabis and Opiates

Amanda Reiman | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Amanda Reiman

The elephant in the room is the powerful tool we already have for preventing opiate related overdose and death by preventing opiate dependence, cannabis.

Does Naloxone Discourage People From Calling 911?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 07.08.2015 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

One of the sharpest criticisms against making naloxone widely available to people at risk for drug overdose is this: If people have a medicine on hand that allows them to reverse a drug overdose themselves, won't they stop calling 911?

Top 3 Highlights From the New CDC Report on Naloxone Programs

Tessie Castillo | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

This week the CDC released its long-awaited report on overdose prevention programs providing naloxone to laypersons. The detailed report, which surveyed 136 naloxone distribution programs nationwide, confirms some of what overdose prevention advocates already knew, but also holds a few surprises.

How Do We Know How Many Lives Have Been Saved With Naloxone?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Tessie Castillo

Reporting successful overdose reversals is one of the biggest challenges that naloxone distribution programs face. In many cases, an outreach worker will distribute a naloxone kits to a person at risk for opiate drug overdose, and then never see or hear from that person again.

Governor Abbott: Sign HB225 and Save Texas Lives

Joy Strickland | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Joy Strickland

Opiate overdose is the crisis that did not need to happen. Its very existence contradicts the idea that every person is redeemable and every human life is worth saving.

What Makes a Naloxone Program Successful? - Lessons from NC

Tessie Castillo | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

Programs are popping up all over the country to distribute naloxone, a medicine that reverses opioid drug overdose, to people who can use it to save...

Americans Gorge on Slogans: O'Kane Shows, More Than Tells

Ximena Ortiz | Posted 05.22.2015 | Books
Ximena Ortiz

The public demurs from facing reality and accepting measures that might fix the problems, based on a misplaced--and manipulated--appreciation of self-reliance and freedom, O'Kane explains and illustrates.

Opioid Treatment Programs Should Provide Naloxone to Patients

Tessie Castillo | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Tessie Castillo

If an OTP patient doesn't want naloxone, no one will force them to take it. But if they do need it, bureaucracy or out-dated moral policy should not stand in the way.

Triple Threat: Beyond Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues

Louise Stanger Ed.D, LCSW, BRI II, CIP | Posted 04.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Louise Stanger Ed.D, LCSW, BRI II, CIP

Until the '80s, it used to be that clients coming in for treatment were typically corralled into two discrete camps: the mentally ill or the substance...

There's A Treatment For Heroin Addiction That Actually Works. Why Aren't We Using It?

Jason Cherkis | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics

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Why Doctors Should Avoid Saying 'Drug Overdose'

Tessie Castillo | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

Because most people who are prescribed opioids do not see themselves as being at risk for overdose, they may decline naloxone even if it is offered by a medical provider. Talking about not breathing as a possible side effect usually grabs patients' attention and will make them more open to information on naloxone.

Top 5 Reasons Why We Need Over-the-Counter Naloxone to Combat Drug Overdose

Tessie Castillo | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

As drug overdose reigns as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, naloxone has emerged as one of the most promising solutions t...

Emily Ngan: The Role of Microglia in Addiction in a Mouse Model

Duke University | Posted 07.13.2014 | College
Duke University

Here, we suggest a new way that microglia may be involved in the development and maintenance of addiction to opioids and other drugs of abuse.

Holder Outlines Plan To Address 'Urgent Public Health Crisis'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder promised Monday to address the recent rise in heroin overdoses with enhanced enforcement and treatment initiatives in his...

Zach Carter

Key Democrat Says Drug Companies Have 'Hijacked' FDA

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway criticized the Food and Drug Administration's cozy relationship with pharmaceutical companies, saying that the a...

Zohydro: The FDA-Approved Prescription for Addiction

Andrew Kolodny, M.D. | Posted 04.27.2014 | Science
Andrew Kolodny, M.D.

In a few weeks, a powerful new opioid painkiller called Zohydro is expected to hit the market. Zohydro's easily crushed capsules will contain up to 50 milligrams of pure hydrocodone, 10 times more hydrocodone than a regular Vicodin. One capsule will pack enough to kill a child.

Kathleen Miles

Life-Saving Drug Can Reverse Overdoses, Be Used At Home

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 10.13.2013 | Los Angeles

Family and friends of more drug users in California will soon be able to reverse overdoses at home with a lifesaving injectable drug. On Thursday, ...

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Joe Putignano | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Joe Putignano

The only element of The Wizard of Oz that stood out to me as a boy was the field of red poppies. Did a part of my subconscious internalize this foreshadowing of the devastating journey that I would take through my own poppy field many years later?

Stopping Painkillers From Killing

Anna David | Posted 09.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Anna David

When I was wholly honest about my sobriety and in unbearable pain, I couldn't actually get any relief -- or even on the phone with the doctor to explain myself. In other words, because of the fact that I'd told the truth, I'd been characterized as a scheming addict.

Junk Food Addiction Starts In The Womb, Study Says

Melissa Cronin | Posted 05.07.2013 | Science

Women know they shouldn't smoke, drink alcohol, or do drugs while they're pregnant. But a new study on rats suggests that even females who eat junk fo...

How To Overcome Pill Addiction, From Brad Lamm (WATCH)

Posted 08.13.2013 | MarloThomas

Prescription drug addiction is on the rise, so when Addiction Specialist & Lifestyle Interventionist Brad Lamm joined me on Mondays With Marlo, he wei...

What Are Those Prescription Drugs Doing in Your Body, Anyway?

Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac. | Posted 12.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac.

If you do need to take prescription meds, understand as much as you can about them before you ingest them.

The Security Blanket Concept of Religion

Nigel Barber | Posted 09.05.2012 | Science
Nigel Barber

Although religious people tend to reject the security-blanket approach as simplistic, it is versatile and helps us understand a great deal about religious practices that are otherwise difficult to explain.

The New Drugging of America

Susana Duncan, M.D. | Posted 06.23.2012 | Health News
Susana Duncan, M.D.

The relatively recent epidemic of opium-addiction is now America's fastest growing drug problem. While the consequences of this prescription-driven epidemic may be largely invisible to the general public, it is all too clear to doctors like myself.